Dolphins open A-Sun play on the road

Sept. 27, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's soccer team opens their Atlantic Sun Conference schedule this weekend on the road, traveling to Spartanburg, S.C. on Friday to take on USC Upstate at 7:00 p.m. before completing the weekend at East Tennessee State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins (2-6), the reigning A-Sun tournament champions, will look to build off of their strong non-conference schedule as they head into this weekend.

"We are very excited that the real season is upon us, said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "Everything to this point was designed to prepare us for the grind of conference play."

Dolphins' junior forward Keri Zwikker is leading the conference in goals (7) and total points (18). She is also tied for 11th in the nation with 2.25 points-per-game. Her goal against Northern Colorado on Sunday gave her 31 for her career - moving her into fourth all-time in JU history. She now trails Trine Riis-Groven, who sits in third place with 38 goals scored, by seven.

East Tennessee State is led by freshman forward Terri Miller, who has six goals and one assist. Her hat trick against Radford earned her A-Sun "Player of the Week" honors on Sept. 24. Junior goalkeeper Erin Bilyeu has played every minute in the net for head coach Heather Henson's squad, earning four victories and keeping two shutouts.

USC Upstate (2-4) will look to rebound from a heartbreaking loss to Radford, after leading most of the match. Sophomore forward Melissa Kuwar and junior defender Nicole Trawick lead the way for head coach Kendall Reyes' squad with five and four goals, respectively.

"All of the injuries, illness and struggles we have endured for the past month have hopefully toughened us to a point where we can now approach each game with the importance it deserves," Kouns said. "With a little luck and a lot of heart, we are looking forward to a positive outcome, not only this weekend, but for each conference game still to come."